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Friday 29 March 2024

Rockinghorse Children's Charity's Annual Glitter Ball Raised Tens Of Thousands For Sick Babies, Children & Young People In Sussex

Rockinghorse Children's Charity returned to the Grand Brighton Hotel to host its annual Glitter Ball. 

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At their biggest fundraising event of the year, they raised £53,000 to help fund a new and innovative Wellbeing Service based at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital.

This year's ball wouldn't have been possible without the support of their sponsors. The headline sponsor for 2024 was The Agora Clinic.

The Agora Clinic has been a longstanding supporter of Rockinghorse Children's Charity, and this marked their second consecutive year as the headline sponsor. 

Dr Carole Gilling-Smith, CEO and Medical Director of The Agora Clinic said: 

"As Headline Sponsors of this amazing fundraising event for the second year running, my entire team at the Agora Clinic have nothing but praise and admiration for the Rockinghorse Charity who put on an unforgettable evening at the Brighton Grand.

"The Glitter Ball brought together an incredible community of like-minded people, united in their mission to bring some fun, joy and normality to the many babies, children and young adults experiencing illness through the creation of a wellbeing hub and the many activities within it.

"The emotional and psychological benefits of this project will be enormous, and not only felt by the children affected by ill health, but also by their parents and siblings. 

"The project, as you heard on the night, is one I am deeply passionate about. Even better is knowing that 100% of the money raised on the night is going straight to the cause." 

The night was hosted by Marcella Whittingdale, along with Sam Thomas, co-founder of County Business Clubs. 

Guests enjoyed two performances from the talented young people of The Theatre Workshop, a wonderful set by the Alison David Band and were able to dance the night away thanks to DJ Kent Reynolds.

The Wellbeing Service will offer a wide range of additional and alternative therapies that support doctors and nurses in caring for children with a wide range of conditions. 

These sessions will help children understand and manage their conditions and support them with their recovery, helping children get better faster.

They will mean that sick children in Sussex have the world's best care and support when they are unwell.

Donna Holland, Chief Executive of Rockinghorse Children's Charity, added: 

"This new service is the legacy of the Ball, the incredible support of everyone in the room and all our wonderful sponsors.

"This support, along with all the generosity shown by all the local businesses and individuals who donated all the prizes for our raffle and auction, mean that every single penny of the money raised will go directly to launching our new Wellbeing Service, helping the children and families that need it most."

If you would like to support Rockinghorse Children's Charity and the lifesaving work they do, please visit their website: There are plenty of events coming up that you can get involved in or host a fundraising event. Any support and donation, big or small, will make a difference.

by: Mike Cobley


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